Lilburn, GA Real Estate News

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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Image via Wikipedia Arcado Elementary School will be hosting a 'Round-up' on Thursday, August 12th, for boys interested in joining Cub Scouts.  The event will run from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.  Cub Scouting is a program for boys between 1st and 5th grade.  Pack 551, the Arcado Elementary School Pack, has wonderful opportunities for boys to learn, socialize and gain experiences that they might otherwise not be able to have.  From the Boy Scouts of America website: Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen right in the den and pack. The most important are the weekly den meetings and the monthly pack meetings. Apart from the fun and excitement of Cub Scout activities, the Cub Scout Promi...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Image by lane.bailey via Flickr For the last few years, Arcado Elementary School has had Joe Ahrens in the top post.  He has positioned Arcado Elementary School as one of the highest ranked in Gwinnett County.  Excellent school spirit, very high test scores and a sense of community have all been fostered under his leadership.  This year, Arcado will have a new top administrator, Penny Palmer-Young.  She is committed to continuing the performance excellence of the school.  She was born and raised here in Gwinnett County, and graduated from Brookwood High School (she can be forgiven...  ;^ ).  Ms. Young has also spent a few years working in other schools in the Parkview Cluster, including Knight Elementary.  As our kids enjoy their last weekend of "freedom" before school starts on Monday...
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By Eric Reid
(Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners)
Please read this call to action and pass along to anyone you know in the Lawrenceville area.   This Tuesday, July 20th is election day for Georgia’s Republican and Democrat primaries.  This election we have the opportunity to vote for a great candidate who is a local Realtor and small business owner.  Timothy Swiney is running for State Representative, House District 104 representing the Lawrenceville area.   -Timothy has taken strong positions on protecting small business (including self employed workers, like Realtors, Home Inspectors, etc.).  He feels that small businesses and self-employed contractors are over taxed and over regulated.  “Small business accounts for over 60% of job creation in the U.S.  We cannot suffocate small business owners and expect our economy to recover.”   ...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
If you haven't already, please feel free to read Ade For Al.  A simple Lemonade Stand at the local Farmer's Market in Lilburn, GA raised over $2500 for Al Real's family in just one evening.  It makes me VERY proud to be part of this community.  As if the actual injuries little Al suffered weren't enough, now the family is having to fight for his treatment.  To catch you up, Al Real is an 8 year old boy here in the Lilburn area.  He and another little friend were playing a few weeks ago.  While they were playing, they apparently decided to stage a toy plane crash.  They put some gasoline on a toy plane and lit it on fire.  Al suffered 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body.  He was rushed to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, which has one of the best trauma centers in the country.  After a day, ...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
I'm in the market...  My family is 'thinking' of buying a new home.  And while I spend a lot of time with other buyers, it is a different beast when putting MY money on the line.  It shouldn't be... but it is.  I think it is a fantastic learning opportunity for me.  So, this is a series of posts about the things I am 'unlearning' as a real estate professional, and learning from the buyer's seat.  Dear Seller, As a buyer, I would love to see your house.  But... I don't really want to meet you there.  Actually, I don't want to meet your agent their, either.  We want to be free to discuss the house and how it fits (or doesn't fit) our needs and desires.  Honestly, we ARE going to make some biting remarks about the decor, paint choices, wallpaper and anything else we don't like.  I certainl...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Many of you might have heard about Al Real.  He is 8 years old, and a student at Arcado Elementary School here in Lilburn.  On June 7th, while playing with a friend, Al received 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body.  He was rushed to Grady's Burn Unit, and from there sent to the Shriner's Hospital's Burn Unit in Cincinnati, OH.  That is supposed to be one of the best burn specialists for children in the world. At best, he faces a long and arduous journey back to health...  And that journey has begun with skin grafts and surgeries. As a parent, I can't begin to understand the pain that Al's parents are going through.  Knowing that there isn't anything that we can do to make the hurt go away HAS to be difficult.  The thought of my child being in that situation scares me to death. Al's mo...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Two years ago I wrote a blog post called “Incrementalism“…  It is actually a favorite term among a small group of my friends.  We coined the term in regards to Jeep modifications.  Instead of doing the work over and over, but just a little at a time, causing a tremendous amount of laber of spending WAY more money, just go full in the first time. Image by airgap via Flickr Of course, there are a few reasons to build a Jeep (or a sports car or a tow rig or anything else) a little at a time… especially as one is learning the ropes. But, in many cases having a plan can save a LOT of time and money.  And not cutting important corners can save even more.  In fact, I have sometimes sold my modifications for pretty good money as I upgraded.  Going with a cheap alternative might have actually co...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Last year I wrote about pricing strategies.  And most people (including real estate agents) assume that pricing is about getting a certain price… but it isn’t so much about the price as it is about marketing to the right people. Image via Wikipedia Of course, it is a little more complicated than that…  But there is a logical connection between price and marketing.  It isn’t the connection everyone expects. Take a look and let me know what you think. Related articles by Zemanta Flashback Friday… Brawling (lanebailey.com) Flashback Friday… Want to get ‘Sold’? (lanebailey.com) Flashback Friday… Cram Down (lanebailey.com)
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Lilburn is in Gwinnett County, GA, just outside of Atlanta.  As of the 2000 Census, there were 11,307 people in Lilburn, but that is only including people in the city limits, and there has been a lot of growth since 2000 in Gwinnett County.  It was incorporated in 1910.  Lilburn is home to Parkview High School, and also has students that the Brookwood, Berkmar and Meadowcreek clusters. It is also home to Killian Hill Christian School, Providence Chrisian Academy, St. John Neumann Catholic School and Parkview Christian School.  Possibly the most famous resident of Lilburn is General Beauregard Lee, a groundhog with a better winter prediction record that Puxatawnee Phil up in PA. Dominique Wilkins, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks also lives in Lilburn. Market stats for Lilburn, April, 2010,...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
A couple of years ago I wrote about folks facing foreclosure.  I would love to say that things have really changed in the last couple of years, but I can’t…  They have actually gotten worse in many regards.  But we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel… but it is just a pinprick of light…recent numbers are showing that the tide of foreclosures might be easing… if only slightly… from record levels. Image by lane.bailey via Flickr But I am still seeing something that really bothers me.  People that are in the sights, facing foreclosure, close themselves off and refuse to admit reality until the Sheriff comes knocking on their door.  I understand why… it isn’t any fun facing a grim reality.  But the grim reality WILL be faced.  Better to face it while there is still time to al...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Image via Wikipedia Today was ‘Wing Day’ for my Kindergartner.  It wasn’t the official graduation, but rather a class thing.  The class, made up of half Kindergartners and half 1st Graders, is called the ‘High Flyers’.  The Kindergartners are called ‘Co-Pilots’ and the 1st Graders are ‘Pilots’… Today, Garrett got his pilot wings in class.  He was a proud kid.  He has been doing really well, almost meeting the requirements to graduate 1st Grade… while in Kindergarten.  Not only has he been doing it, he has been enjoying it. For the Flashback, I thought I would highlight a couple of posts about the school and his class… Thank you Ms. Curtis… Arcado has great teachers! And now for something completely different… Hockey Boy at Arcado Elementary Arcado Elementary Lunchtime Thoughts… We’ve h...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
My oldest son is getting ready to graduate Kindergarten.  And he has been loving it.  Much of that credit needs to go to his teacher, Ms. Curtis, at Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn, GA... The class that he is in is a 'multi-age' class that includes Kindergartners and First Graders.  It is called a CLE class, or Continuous Learning Environment.  And for my son, it has been a marvelous experience.  Each Kindergartner is paired up with a First Grader.  They work as a team, with the First Grader mentoring the Kindergarten student. Ms. Curtis with Jackson Ms. Curtis has said that because half of the students were in the same class the previous year (the Kindergarten student complete First Grade in the same class), they are able to teach the new students how everything in the class works....
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
I used to do an irregular look at some garage properties.  I would grab a few properties that were representative of the variety of 4+ car garage homes available in Gwinnett County, GA.  While pulling properties for a buyer moving in from another state, I decided it was time to take you on a tour again...  By the time we get to $1,000,000, we are looking at what most people call mansions... and the $800,000 entry point to this segment isn't bad either.  Sometimes we run across "garages" that can accomodate a 45' RV, in addition to a whole lot of garage toys.  Those homes often also have garages with real "shop" potential... 220V outlets, shower facilities, compressed air, HVAC, etc.  They are also often well appointed with the 'candy' like epoxied floors, built in cabinetry and cool arc...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
I used to do an irregular look at some garage properties.  I would grab a few properties that were representative of the variety of 4+ car garage homes available in Gwinnett County, GA.  While pulling properties for a buyer moving in from another state, I decided it was time to take you on a tour again...  When we get up to this level of price, we see some really impressive properties.  There are actually a couple houses here that have more than 6 car capacity.  There are also several that have a few acres to spread out on...  At the same time, there seems to be an expectation that nobody is going to work on a car in the garage.  WE see a lot of garages that are finished out very nicely, but we don't generally see a lot of 220V outlets... or even a lot of 120V outlets.  And then somethi...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
I used to do an irregular look at some garage properties.  I would grab a few properties that were representative of the variety of 4+ car garage homes available in Gwinnett County, GA.  While pulling properties for a buyer moving in from another state, I decided it was time to take you on a tour again...  Between $400,000 and $600,000, many more of the garages are attached.  In the lower price ranges, usually 4 car spaces are split up with a 2 car (or three car) attached garage and a 2 car (or three/four car) detached garage.  Here we see 4 car attached garages... and a few 3 car attached and a boat door in the basement.  Because of that, few of the garages are really set up for advanced hobbyists, but are often well suited for those that have several cars which they like to regularly ...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
I used to do an irregular look at some garage properties.  I would grab a few properties that were representative of the variety of 4+ car garage homes available in Gwinnett County, GA.  While pulling properties for a buyer moving in from another state, I decided it was time to take you on a tour again...  The popular misconception is that homes with 4+ car garages are only found at the higher end of the price range.  However, there are lots of homes to be found in Gwinnett County, meeting that specification, at all price ranges.  There are a surprising number og homes priced under $200,000 featuring 4 car garages, and some even larger.  Generally, the garages in these homes are workplaces rather than showplaces.  This doesn't mean the garages aren't nice, it means that they are designe...
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Market stats for Lilburn, March, 2010, indicate that there are 419 properties on the market (as of March 31st). Overall, there is about a 15.3 month supply of properties, with a slowing in sales since December.  That is fairly normal for the winter season.  March sales were up compared to 2009, though. Image by mjp* via Flickr In the sub-$200k arena, there are 240 listings, with about an 11.8 month supply.  Absorption Rates have been slowing since December, but sales were up slightly since March 2009. Between $200k and $400k, there are 161 listings for sale, and about 27 months of supply. This segment has been getting weaker each month since at least November.  Sales were up by a couple of units in March, but so were listings. From $400k to $600k, there are still 12 homes on the market....
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
The First Time Home Buyer & Move-Up Buyer Tax Credits are slated to end unless a property is under contract two weeks from tomorrow.  I don’t see another extension this time.  Even the NAR isn’t pushing for it this time. (Active Military have an extra year to get the credit…) Image by Steve Kay via Flickr Because there is still a little time, I thought I would share a few posts about the tax credits… and a couple of other cool programs available. First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit… Extended and Expanded Groovy Site for First Time Home Owners… Is this the time to buy your first house? A (very) Quick Rundown of Some Current Buyer Programs Do you have a Dream? Georgia has a Dream… for Buyers! Are you a Home Buyer? Don’t Forget This… I hope that some of these are useful for you.
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By Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy
(Century 21 Results Realty)
Image by  lane.bailey via Flickr A couple of years ago I wrote a post about my wish list for garages.  This stuff isn’t rocket science, but it also seems to escape most builders…  There are a few out there that hit a few of these things, but it is a rarity to see a garage in a newer home that has all of these touches. I’ve actually written a lot of posts about making garages better, both for builders and renovators.  (Keep in mind that I’m not a builder… I’m a user.  I USE my garage, like many of my clients). So,  take a look and let me know what you think. Related articles by Zemanta 7 Things the Builder forgot to put in Your Garage… (lanebailey.com) 5 Steps to make your Garage Cool… (lanebailey.com) Wayback Wednesday… Increasing Value (lanebailey.com)
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